This photo on the left is Summer at a mill in Idaho. See how happy the tree leaves look? And why shouldn’t they be happy? They are well-watered, have plenty of sunshine, and they have been programmed by The Creator to “show off” their plumage! it’s like every thing is wonderful and will never change.
Now, the photo on the right is of the same mill, but the Season is Autumn.What few leaves are left are either gold, red, or crusty brown. Are these trees full of angst over the changing season? Are they depressed unto death? No! Without any faith on their part, they’re just accepting the inevitable!
With the changing of Daylight Savings Time, most of us (except those in Arizona) have been made acutely aware of our energy levels. It’s dark so early now, and because our bodies are so influenced by the energy of the sun and moon, we automatically FEEL tired earlier! It’s easier to get depressed or upset now. We don’t like change!
There is a spiritual lesson in this for me. Solomon said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1
And in Proverbs 15:23, “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!”
Psalm 104:27, “ These all wait for You,That You may give them their food in due season.”
So, with just a few of the references to “due season” and “time” I begin to understand that God does deal in Seasons. And those of us who live by faith in His sovereignty must understand that faith is not about “what could be” or what should be”. Faith is believing in what IS. Whatever the situation right now, it is as it should be in the grand scheme of God’s will. It may not feel like it, but it is!
Here’s an example. When my marriage of more than 25 years ended unexpectedly, my faith had to learn to say, “Lord, I don’t understand this, but I accept what is right now and I trust You with it.” God is neither constrained by time, nor blind to it. He foreknew I would be left alone, and He had already set in motion several miraculous avenues of support and provision. All He required of me was to accept “the season” and trust Him with it.
I think plants are lucky. They don’t, to my knowledge, wonder and worry about all the changes in their lifetime. They just go with the flow, fit in with the current season, and grow deeper roots during the cold leafless Winter Season. I’m a human and I find it much harder to deal with constant change. It requires strong faith on my part. And “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by The Word of God.” (Romans 10:16)
Gotta run! Time for Bible Study!
(c) 2009 April Lorier